How to leave a dog for overexposure?
Summer is the holiday season, and some owners, leaving on vacation, leave the dogs for overexposure. What is the best way to do this: leave the dog at home and ask friends to feed her and walk or take the dog to a paid overexposure? What to consider when leaving a dog for overexposure?
Which is better: leave the dog at home or take home to other people?
The dog is attached to the owner, that is, it is not a house for it, but a person - a security base. So, if you ask someone from your friends to visit your pet only a couple of times a day to feed and walk, and the rest of the time the dog will be alone, this can be too much stress, it will be extremely difficult for the animal to cope with it.
You can leave your dog at home if you ask someone from your family or friends to live with her during your absence. It is even better if the dog is familiar with this dog, and she treats him well. This is the most painless option for the dog.
If this is not possible, then it is better to choose an overexposure, and not leave the dog alone at home. Overexposure can be of several types:
- Relatives or friends agree to shelter your four-legged friend at home.
- Home overexposure - the dog lives with a person who provides animal care services while the owners are away.
- Hotels for animals. However, in this case there is a risk that the dog will spend most of his time alone.
Sometimes the dog agrees to shelter the instructor with whom you are engaged. If the dog loves him, this can be a great solution.
It is important to approach the choice of overexposure in an extremely responsible manner: to study information, read reviews, feel free to ask questions, be sure to go see the conditions in advance.
Whether any dog can be left to overexposure
Of course, overexposure, especially for strangers, will in any case be associated with more or less stress for each dog. However, there are dogs for which overexposure will do more harm and more than once comes around with time.
If you have a puppy under the age of 6 months, leaving him overexposed is highly undesirable. This is the period when the puppy has an attitude to the world and relationships with you. And separation at this time is fraught with serious risk.
An adult dog that has recently appeared in your home is another vulnerable category. If the attachment did not have time to form, and you leave the pet to other people, and for a long time, then after arrival you will have to start re-establishing relationships, and perhaps not even from the zero point, but from the “minus” position.
Therefore, if a vacation is planned in the next six months, it is better not to take a puppy or an adult dog to the house. Or, if the pet is already there and you cannot take it with you, you should refuse to travel and stay at home - the psyche of the dog is more expensive.
How to make it easier for a dog to stay on an overexposure
As already mentioned, overexposure is stress for any dog.But you can make life easier for the pet if the routine and habitual way of things change as little as possible.
Talk with people who provide overexposure services, a feeding and walking schedule - this will help maintain the dog's daily routine, which means it will provide at least some predictability and help your pet cope with stress.
Tell us what rules a dog’s life in your house follows - what can and cannot be done. Dogs value consistency, and this will give the animal the opportunity to live more or less calmly, and not walk along the minefield, feeling for the boundaries of what is permitted.
What else is worth discussing before leaving the dog for overexposure
It is important to introduce the dog in advance to the person with whom she will live. It’s good if you can go for one (or better several) joint walks and see how a person treats a dog. If possible, go with your pet to the place where you plan to leave the dog.
Even if you are walking the dog without a leash, it is extremely important to stipulate that the walk will take place exclusively on a leash. A dog is not always ready to follow a stranger, no matter how educated and trained she is. If you are not sure that this rule will be respected, it is better to look for another overexposure.
Prepare important things in the form of a memo: when and how to feed the dog, how much to walk, what rules to follow.
If the dog had behavioral problems, stress can trigger them again. And it will be honest both in relation to the dog, and in relation to people who agree to take it for overexposure, to warn about this possibility and give appropriate recommendations.
What a dog needs in an overexposure
- Ammunition (harness / collar, leash).
- Place (bed, mattress, etc.)
- Toys, in any case, are especially valuable for the dog.
- Phone numbers that can be called if problems arise (for example, a dog becomes ill)
- Feed (with stock).
- Favorite goodies.
- First aid kit and medications that your dog needs (if any).